FORT WORTH, Texas – Friday was a good day to be a member of the Busch family.
Kyle Busch snatched the pole for Saturday’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway away from his older brother Kurt Busch late in Friday’s qualifying session, setting a track record in the process.
Registering a 27.509-second lap at 196.299 mph, Kyle Busch barely eclipsed the previous track record set by Brian Vickers in 2006. The elder Busch was second, clocking in with a 27.595-second lap at 195.688 mph.
The pole was the 12th of Kyle Busch’s career.
“We didn’t unload the best, but Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the guys, they really used the whole toolbox today and worked really hard to get us a good piece for the race and for qualifying,” said Kyle Busch, who will make his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday. “This Interstate Batteries Camry is flying. I’m looking forward to tomorrow night.”
Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose will fill the second row, followed by Martin Truex Jr. in fifth. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10.
Scott Riggs and Scott Speed failed to qualify for Saturday’s race.